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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 62
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball GT

Dragon Ball GT Vol. #07: Annihlation

By Andrew Tei     October 15, 2003
Release Date: October 14, 2003


Dragon Ball GT Vol. #07: Annihlation
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.


What They Say
After years of being the most powerful warrior in the Universe, Goku finally meets his match in the powerful parasite, Baby. But adversity is nothing new to the Saiyan hero. With a little help from some old friends, Goku reaches the ultimate level of Saiyan power as he ascends to Super Saiyan 4!

But Baby also has help during the battle. Bulma concocts a plan causing Baby to exceed the power of the Super Saiyan 4! With Goku facing the very real possibility of defeat, Old Kai intervenes with a risky plan that may be only a delay from the inevitable!

Contains Episodes 35-37 Completely Uncut!

The Review!
The adventures of Goku continue with Dragonball GT as Baby, the lone remaining member of a race that was killed by the Saiyans, tries to take over the galaxy.

Audio:

For my primary review, I listened to the US soundtrack. I'm more attuned to listening to Dragonball in English. The sound track was clear and distortion free and the stereo mix had very little directionality in it. Speech was outputted primarily from the center speaker. The opening sequence is different depending on your language selection.

Video:

Dragonball GT aired in Japan in 1996, and for such a recent show, I'm surprised at the video quality. The video appears grainy throughout the show, evidence of masters that just aren't up to notch. The compression though is good, and I didn't see any signs of aliasing or cross coloration.

Depending on whether you select Japanese or English language, you get a different opening and ending. Also, the subtitles are different for each language. When you select English language, you get Closed Caption style subtitles.

Packaging:

The front cover features the American Dragonball GT logo on the top third of the cover, and it's big. Right below the logo is the title for this volume. The rest of the cover features Goku in his Super Saiyan 4 mode and a picture of Baby in ape mode with Pan in front of him. On the spine, we have the title for this DVD. On the back cover there's a picture of the Eternal dragon, a very short summary of the episodes on this DVD, and three screenshots. Nowhere on the outside packaging are there episode numbers of the names of the episodes on the DVD.

An insert inside has the names for each episode.

Menu:

Every menu on the DVD is static, but features the American music for the series playing the background. The choices on the main menu are "Play All", "Episodes", "Language", and "Extras". The Language menu features no indicator for what language options are selected, the Episode menu doesn't have any way of going to the half waypoint of an episode since there isn't a chapter stop there.

Extras:

There are two extras on this set. There are a set of character bios, and you can choose to play a textless song, which is exactly how it's labeled in the menu. Depending on the language option you select in the language option, you can watch a different version of the opening. This is a real pain. You shouldn't have to switch to another menu to select which opening you want.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

This is the seventh volume of in Dragonball GT and Goku seems finally ready to handle Baby.

In our first episode, Goku's Ascension, after receiving some training and turning an ape again in the previous episode, Goku becomes a Super Saiyan 4, the next evolution in being a Saiyan. Instead of looking like a ten year old, which he was transformed into when Pilaf made a wish earlier in the series, he now sports red fur, a black Super Saiyan haircut, a tail, and eyes that make him look like a demon out of hell. After powering up, he goes off to fight Baby, a super villain intent on taking over the galaxy as a result of the Saiyans basically decimating his race.

Bulma is helping Baby with his galactic takeover, and she hates Goku. What's going on here? Well, apparently Baby did something to take over a lot of people's minds, like Bulma, Mr. Popo, and Dende. Baby even took Trunks out of commission.

Now that Goku is a Super Saiyan 4, Baby is no match for him. In order to compete with him, Bulma helps power him up, but as a result he loses much of his consciousness. He turns into a large ape, and starts pulverizing the city where Pan, Mr. Satan, Videl, and various others are in the area.

It's more Dragonball from Funimation in the form of Dragonball GT, and you can't just help but be disappointed in Funimation's treatment of the title. In order to get to the action immediately they skipped over 40 episodes. The characters have such different personalities, especially Bulma, and the watcher is just confused at what is going on.

Now, if you're a fan of Dragonball in general, you'll probably like these episodes. Dragonball GT, unlike the first two series, is completely original, instead of being based on manga. The fights last forever as each fighter pummels the other for awhile, talk, pummel, rest, talk, pummel. It's a formula that works though. With Funimation’s pattern of releasing box sets though, I see no reason to rush out and get this.


Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 to a Toshiba 36” Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears

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